Likud to expel 1,000 members, probe 7,000 more, amid intensifying power struggle

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Likud to expel 1,000 members, probe 7,000 more, amid intensifying power struggle
Party accuses members of New Likudniks faction of being leftist infiltrators; Netanyahu slams Israel Katz, accuses him of supporting group in exchange for primary votes
By TOI staff
22 December 2021

An internal court of the opposition Likud party decided Wednesday to expel some 1,000 members affiliated with the New Likudniks group and examine the status of 7,000 other members amid a growing power struggle in the party. The court said that there was overwhelming evidence to remove those 1,000 members, but ruled against a demand to expel the entire New Likudniks group and said that members would be individually reviewed.

Members of the faction say they aim to move the Likud back to its original liberal values, but opponents say they are leftist infiltrators, trying to bring down the party from within. The court ruling comes as longtime party leader Benjamin Netanyahu faces mounting dissent over the way he lost power in March and a looming leadership challenge. Netanyahu on Tuesday used the case to slam rival Israel Katz, the powerful former finance minister and chair of the party secretariat.

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